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EU slaps first anti-subsidy duties on China

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union imposed a five-year hike in duties on imports of glossy paper from China, the first EU challenge to Chinese state subsidies and a sign of more to come. In a double swipe likely to anger China, the bloc said it would charge duties worth Read More »

US steel exports increase strongly in March

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

Steel exports increased in March by 19 percent over February according to government data. 'We believed that the low levels of exports in February could have been due to logistics disruptions related to weather in February and the shortness of the month, Read More »

White House draws worker aid line over trade pacts

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

The White House will not submit legislation to Congress to implement free trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia without a deal to extend aid to U.S. workers affected by overseas competition, senior officials said.

The Obama administration Read More »

China offers concession on key US trade irritant

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

China pledged to make it easier for U.S. companies to win Chinese government contracts, addressing a long-standing complaint of foreign corporations seeking a piece of the fast-growing market.

The pledge was made in two days of talks between the world Read More »

India’s April exports surge amid demand concerns

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

India's April exports surged by more than a third on demand for engineering goods, gems and oil products, but concerns persist over an uncertain outlook in the United States and Europe which could crimp demand, Trade Secretary Rahul Khullar said.

Good Read More »

EU proposes overhaul of trade preferences scheme

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union plans to end tariff benefits for dozens of countries that have outgrown the need for preferential trade treatment under sweeping reforms presented by the bloc's trade chief.

Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Saudi Arabia and scores of othe Read More »

Premium Article  US is world leader in growing scrap steel trade

Peter Buxbaum | May 15, 2011 | International Trade

A discussion of the scrap steel market may seem like an unglamorous pursuit, yet it is not an unimportant one. The market for scrap steel is significant and growing in United States and world trade. Read More »

Premium Article  US to be a top coal exporter again

AJOT | May 15, 2011 | International Trade

The United States could vault back into the top rank of coal exporters for good this year thanks to Asia's fuel demand -- just as surging gas output and tougher environmental laws threaten mainstay domestic sales.

Leading U.S. producers, with wallets Read More »

Premium Article  Going soft

Peter Buxbaum | May 15, 2011 | International Trade | Transport Intermediaries

Cargo insurance rates remain low and will likely stay that way, at least for a while.

The cargo insurance market is soft has been so for a number of years. While the insurance industry has been predicting--hoping for, might be the better word-- Read More »

Premium Article  Greasing the wheels of trade

Peter Buxbaum | May 15, 2011 | International Trade | Transport Intermediaries

Trade credit insurance can help companies get paid and improve the look of their balance sheets.

A weaker dollar has provided for the possibility of growing United States exports. President Obama has called for a doubling of U.S. exports by 201 Read More »

Botswana trade deficit at record high in February

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

Botswana's trade deficit widened to a record high of 2.25 billion pula (US$335 million) in February on a sharp fall in diamond and beef exports, Statistics Botswana said.

Statistics Botswana said the trade shortfall widened from 197 million pula in Ja Read More »

China rules US carmakers are guilty of dumping

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

China has found some U.S.-made passenger cars benefited from unfair subsidies, damaging its carmakers, although Beijing side-stepped a potential trade row with the United States by not hitting them with duties.

That decision could ease fractious U.S.- Read More »

Italy steel exports lag imports Jan-Feb-Federacciai

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

Steel exports from Italy, the European Union's No. 2 producer after Germany, rose 15 percent year-on-year to 2.724 million tons in the first two months of 2011, lagging behind surging import volumes, industry data showed.

Total steel imports into Ital Read More »

Taiwan April exports jump; Japan demand recovers

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

Taiwan's exports grew faster than expectations in May, buoyed by demand for the island's hi-tech gadgets and machinery, with strong growth in exports to the U.S. and exports to Japan rebounding in a sign that its major quake in March may have had less imp Read More »

BMW to invest $1.4 blllion in China to tap Asia growth

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

BMW said it will invest around 1 billion euros ($1.44 billion) to expand production capacity in China as it seeks to capture surging sales growth in the world's biggest auto market.

BMW is almost doubling its initially planned investment and productio Read More »

Bangladesh April exports surge 46% on apparel sales

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

Bangladesh's exports surged 45.56 percent in April from a year earlier to $2.036 billion, boosted by ready-made garments sales, helped by a continuing shift in production from China to the lower-cost South Asian country.

Exports for July to April, the Read More »

GE sees SE Asia sales rising, to invest $1 blllion

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

General Electric Co , the largest U.S. conglomerate, sees revenues from Southeast Asia rising as much as 30 percent this year and expects investment in the region of at least $1 billion in the next three years.

GE, the world's largest maker of jet eng Read More »

China extends anti-dumping duties on synthetic rubber

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

China said it would extend for five years existing anti-dumping duties on a type of synthetic rubber imported from Japan, the European Union and the United States.

China's Ministry of Commerce said duties on imported neoprene, originally imposed in 20 Read More »

New EU trade plan attracts broad internal criticism

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union's trade chief has proposed opening the EU to more imports from developing countries, fuelling a debate about protectionism and the bloc's ties with trade partners such as Pakistan.

Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht's office has prop Read More »

Wal-Mart to spend $759 mlllion in Brazil this year

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | International Trade

Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's biggest retailer, will invest 1.2 billion reais ($759 million) in Brazil this year to tap buoyant consumer demand in Latin America's largest economy, the unit's top executive.

Wal-Mart Brasil Chief Executive Marcos Sa Read More »

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